The Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute is a foundation working to open a new liberal arts college in Chicago with a radically different curriculum and approach than most contemporary institutions. The Great Books and other classics will be the foundation of the curriculum. Additionally, major works of classical liberalism, free-market economics, and modern science will also be incorporated into the core. The methods and organization of the curriculum will have a special emphasis on reasoning throughout the subjects, from science to art, history to mathematics.
Students will learn philosophy, reasoning skills, economic literacy, and how to exercise their own independent rational judgment. They will study and debate the ideas of important thinkers such as Ludwig von Mises and Carl Menger and Ayn Rand-whom other institutions now often ignore or even disparage.
One of the College’s major goals is to counter the irrationalist and collectivist trends that currently dominate higher education. The hallmark of The College is objective inquiry and reasoned debate, and the presentation of a complete spectrum of knowledge and ideas.
Although the College is not yet ready to open, something exciting is happening in just a few weeks...
I’m writing about it today because the Institute is holding a seminar for high school and college students in Chicago this July. It's called The Great Connections: Mastering the Intellectual Tools that Transform a College Education into Lifetime Success.
This week-long event will serve as a demonstration of, and introduction to, The College's distinctive approach. But it will benefit participants regardless of the institution they choose to attend.
This unique seminar will develop attendees' independence and knowledge of key ideas in the battle for liberty. They will be equipped to maintain their integrity despite the political correctness and collectivist pressures they may encounter on other campuses. They will learn first-hand about a variety of career paths and their rewards and challenges. And they will realize many other benefits that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.